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Fall Leaves - The Science of Color Change

Tuesday, July 19

Fall Leaves

As fall approaches we are faced with all of those leaves hanging on the trees or falling on the ground…they can be annoying but are there any options other than raking them and throwing them out?

Yes, when it comes to fall leaves there are many things to do with them.

1. Bringing them in either on limbs and branches or individually and placing them in a vase, mantle or using them as potpourri.

2. Raking them in piles and letting them sit as compost so that you can place them around your plants, trees, and shrubs as moisture barriers versus having to pay for mulch or pine needles.

3. Raking them into large piles and jumping in them providing for many hours of fun.

4. Drying the vibrant leaves and using them in scrapbooks as decorations.

When it comes to fall leaves, they are more than just beauty to look at. There are many things other than just tossing the leaves out that you can do to recycle them. Yes, we all know that leaves can get annoying the crunching on them as we walk, having to constantly pick them up or rake them up as many of us have to do but in the end, with a little creativity, they can make for a fun time.

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Red Maple Tree - TN Nursery

Red Maple Tree

Red Maple trees are native to North America and are known for their striking spring scarlet flowers, brilliant fall foliage, and distinctive twigs and leaf stems. They are versatile and aesthetically pleasing choices for landscaping and offer various benefits that enhance outdoor spaces. With their striking foliage, adaptable nature, and environmental contributions, red maple trees have become popular residential and commercial landscaping options.  Regarding gardens, the Red Maple Tree is a particular case because it often exceeds 100 feet in height. Its imposing nature and brilliantly colored foliage during the spring and fall make it a breathtaking sight in any garden. It is a focal point because it will dominate any garden landscape. The Flowers Of The Red Maple Tree Comes When It's 8 Years Old This plant will produce blooms when it is roughly eight years old. When the flowers emerge from them, they are tiny and scarlet, giving this maple its name. Interestingly, these pretty little flowers appear as early as December each year so that they will add splashes of crimson to the winter landscape in the garden. The male and female flowers are each a different shade, adding to the color palette of this stately plant. The flowers of this plant fade by the end of May, but the plant still looks like it's got flowers in bloom after pollination of the flowers. After the flowers fall away, beautiful samaras form in clusters throughout the summer, contrasting with the leaves. The Leaves Of The Red Maple Tree The leaves are lush and verdant, and they have one of the most famous shapes of any leaf in the plant kingdom. However, as the leaves turn colors in the autumn, they're not just one color. Gorgeous streaks of orange and yellow form throughout them, creating an almost kaleidoscopic effect as the eyes take in the majesty of the plant. Because this plant has so many colors, it goes well with many perennials of different shades, accentuating the colors of the other plants in the garden and vice versa. Because it is such a large plant for any garden, it's just right as a host for epiphytic plants to grow upon it. In this way, this plant can be integrated into the garden. Environmental Impact Of The Red Maple Tree Red Maple Tree is a necessary part of the food cycle as winter turns to spring, particularly for bumble bees. Because it flowers so early, it provides an exceptional source of pollen and nectar for hungry pollinators before almost any other plants bloom or produce leaves. These plants also help prevent soil erosion with their root systems, especially in wet climates.

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